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The sixth podcast of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas course hosted by edX and UIcelandX at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. Hosted by Beth Rogers & Hjalti Snær Ægisson. This podcast focuses on Paganism and the Supernatural, combining the themes of Week 5 and 6 of our edX course. Joining us are Teresa Dröfn Njarðvík, PhD candidate at the University of Iceland and published author of books on runes, and our first returning guest, Sigurboði Grétarsson, who shares some of his personal spiritual journey with the audience. Learn more about runes, elves, and pagan tradition on this episode!
0:00 – Hello & welcome
0:25 – What‘s on this episode
1:16 – Life in a Northern Town
8:16 – Teresa‘s Research at the Árni Magnússon Institute
13:30 – Sigurboði‘s Experience with Spiritual Leaders
20:15 – More on Teresa‘s Book, Runes: The Icelandic Book of Futhark
23:00 – The Supernatural Power of the Runes (Magical Thinking)
30:12 – When Runes Go Wrong (Egils saga)
32:47 – Runes and Christianity (“Haraldr made this stone”)
37:20 – Wait, there are more runic alphabets than the younger and elder futhark?
38:20 - Runeology is a neglected field (Come to Iceland, scholars!)
38:50 – Do 50% of Icelanders believe in elves? (Everyone rolls their eyes)
42:50 – Damn house elves stole my keys!
44:15 – Supernatural creatures and their strange evolution in pop culture
45:17 – Have Teresa and Sigurboði seen an elf? (Hjalti has a story!)
49:25 – The Icelandic Association of Heathenism (Ásatrúfélagið)
52:00 – Who is allowed to be a pagan? (Hint: Everyone)
54:40 – Living in a Box
57:00 – Advice for Those who Want to Learn More (Vítoð ér enn eða hvat?)
59:40 – One More Podcast
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